Church Ope Studio is a holiday hideaway at Church Ope on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Open all year. Sleeps 2 plus your smaller dog stays for free. A seaside self - contained holiday let at the start of the Jurassic Coast Path at Church Ope Cove, a safe, clean swimming beach. Local amenities close by. Bookings by the week and short breaks available. (Min. 3 weekend or 4 weekday nights. Changeovers Friday and Monday)  Extra comfy four poster bed. Wood burner. Free Wi Fi. iPod dock. Large wet room.  

Trip Advisor / Holiday Lettings 4 - 5 star Self Catering Accommodation

Church Ope Studio is both cosy and warm and light and airy - perfect for an all year round holiday/retreat or work away from home with free Wifi.

The Studio has its own gated entrance and parking.
Walk outside your door onto the coast path and there is the sea through the archway of ancient Rufus Castle. Picturesque Church Ope Cove with running water, toilets and clean sea bathing below you.

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Church Ope Cove

Is a secluded cove nestled beneath the historic Rufus Castle and St Andrews Church. It is on the Jurassic coast World Heritage site. European accredited excellent clean water bathing beach. The cove is accessible by steps or by a sloping path through the woods and then steps. The Cove and coast paths are open to dogs all year round.

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Church Ope Studio is perfect for a Holiday, for Rest and Retreat, for a Sail, Swim, Snorkel, Walk, Climb, Bird watch or Working away from home with free wifi. The Studio accommodates a couple or a single person. Your small dog companion comes  free too!

Church Ope Studio is one light and airy room, built from local stone and with en-suite wet room. The Studio has it's own dog secure gated parking and breakfast patio.

  • The Studio is approx. 21' x 14' plus a large shower/wet room. Facilities include:-
  • One supportive and very comfortable four poster bed
  • Linen, hand and bath towels
  • Comfy 2 seater leather sofa
  • En suite double sized shower in wet room with toilet.
  • Wet and dry hanging space
  • 2 small chest of drawers for clothes and a storage box - it is a studio so think of travelling light
  • An integrated kitchenette with full sized fridge, icebox, kettle, toaster, combi-microwave oven and two burner hob
  • A wood burning stove together with central heating and additional oil filled radiator ensures the studio stays cosy all year round.
  • Smokeless fuel for the evenings and all electricity included - extra kindle and fuel available locally.
  • Free view 26" television and DVD player with a selection of movies
  • Radio with iPod dock
  • Bring your own lap top for free Wifi
  • Small breakfast patio next to car port
  • Car port, with space for one car/van
  • Welcome treats
  • Bring your own beach towels and slippers (tiled floors)
  • The Studio is steam cleaned before your arrival to ensure it is allergen free after canine guests
  • Church Ope Studio is non smoking
  • Lots of places to eat locally including the renowned Crab House Cafe on the causeway, Whitestones at Easton Square,, Jacksons in Fortuneswell and the Cove House Inn on Chesil beach.
  • Easton Square with bank, supermarkets, cafes, butcher, greengrocer, post office etc is just a 7 to 10 minute walk away

What guests say about Church Ope Studio

'What a great find! Cosy, peaceful, lovely cake'

'So much thought has gone into all you have done which has made the studio something rather special.'

'The most comfortable bed I have ever slept in!'

'Chesil beach is awesome, Studio beautifully positioned, love the Cove with its many beach huts - welcome goodies very generous'

'A very peaceful week, lovely accommodation, will definitely visit again'

'Superb location, comfy and cosy, would recommend to my friends'

'So pleased to find such a clean, comfortable and ideally located bolt - hole so close to the cove - great for walking and relaxing.'

'Many thanks for the gifts, a lovely place to stay on our Honeymoon.'

'The perfect retreat; quiet, peaceful and surrounded by natural beauty.'

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Portland's world heritage coastline and coast path is outside your door.

Church Ope Cove is an excellent place to visit all year round to be in nature in this unique wild and worked land and seascape. There is clean sea bathing, snorkelling and diving, bird and butterfly watching, rock climbing, walking, dog walking and cycling along the cliff paths, goat, seal and dolphin watching, water sports including sailing, kite surfing and wind surfing at the Olympic Sailing Academy.

The ancient wonder of the Chesil beach, the Jurassic coast, stretches from Portland to West Bay at Bridport market town.

Weymouth's shops and sandy beaches are 6 miles away and Dorchester county town is 10 miles away. Both are within easy reach by car or bus.

Come to visit the thatched museum just round the corner and Rufus Castle and St. Andrews church ruins just down the path.

Even with so much to do, the cliff path is quiet and you often have the beach to yourself. Come for holiday, retreat rest and relaxation

How to book

Click link below to check availability

Email and we will take your booking the same day. Or text 0751 355 0978 

On confirmation a deposit secures booking. (Full fee if booking is less than 30 days ahead)
Payment by bank transfer or by cheque on confirmation of booking.

Please let us know where you heard about Church Ope Studio

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Studio tariff 2015 includes all fuel, linen and towels, Wifi and treats. Your one small doggy companion stays for free

Weekly Friday 3pm to Friday 11am

Low season: £325 (November to end of March. Excludes Xmas and New Year.)
Mid season: £355 (April to June, September and October.) 
High season: £355 (July and August. Excludes Christmas and New year.)
Christmas and New year £395.  

Short breaks 3 night weekend (Friday to Sunday) or 4 night mid week ( Monday to Thursday)

Low season: £195
Mid season: £245
High season: £245 
Easter, Christmas and New Year £295

Non refundable deposit of 25% - by bank transfer or cheque secures booking. Full payment due 30 days before stay.
Booking terms sent to you on booking your stay.

Church Ope Studio has gated parking

Arriving: Drive round the corner of the white cottage on Church Ope Road and stop. Open the gates outward flat against the walls. Drive onto the hard standing and close gates. As the drive is on a slight upward slope, please drive onto it and back out for easy parking and leaving.

Please keep the gate closed when not in use.

There is additional parking space on Wakeham or at the Portland Museum car park.

Find Church Ope Studio Accommodation

On the Isle of Portland off Weymouth in the UK - Follow the A354. Go over the causeway between Chesil beach on your right and Portland harbour with the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on your left.

Keeping left, follow the hill up to the top of Portland with panoramic views over Chesil Bank to your right. At this roundabout take the first main exit and keeping left carry on through Easton Square with the Co-op shop to your left and Easton Square to your right.

Follow the left then right bend in the road and continue down Wakeham, a wide road descending towards the sea, until you come to the thatched Portland museum.
Church Ope Road is the turning on the left between the museum and the castle arch ahead of you on the bend of the road. Church Ope Road is a no throughway leading straight out onto the coast path.
Church Ope Studio is at the rear of the white semi detached cottage as the road bends to the left. see to map link below.


Parking outside your door. One shallow step to door which is standard width. Level tiled floor in Studio and one step up to wet room. Access to bed from both sides.

Coast path slopes down to a level viewing point with benches over looking the sea. Then going West there are 150 steps down to the cove and going East several uneven steps up to the coast path which is then level along the railway cuttings.

Nearest railway station Weymouth 6 miles away. On London Waterloo line. Nearest airports: Bournemouth by rail/car (1 hour) Southampton by rail/car (90 mins) Bristol by rail/car (2.30 hrs) Exeter by car (2 hrs)


One smaller house trained companion is welcome. 
Bring your own dog bedding and bowls - but if you forget no worries. We can supply them.
Please bring throws for rug and sofa.

Out and about with your dog

All the coves and foot paths and many of the pubs on Portland are dog friendly all year round.
The Studio leads left straight out onto the coast path. The Studio drive is gated and dog secure.
Church Ope Cove beach is open to dogs all year round.
Please do not leave your dog unattended in the Studio at any time. Dog minding and walking available by arrangement.

Please do let us know if there is anything not up to standard when you arrive and please expect to pay for any damage to the Studio, décor, rugs, furniture and fittings etc. or extra cleaning. (and not including the odd cup or glass!)